Hawaii Adopts the Alternate Format Ballot
Posted on January 9, 2018
Hawaii's four counties, Hawaii, Maui, Honolulu, and Kauai have adopted the Alternate Format Ballot for use by their voters with disabilities. The first election to make the accessible ballots available will be Hawaii's August 2018 Primary. The AFB Ballot Generator uses ballot definition files from Hawaii's Hart EMS to directly generate the HTML ballots in three languages, English, Chinese, and Ilocano. Aloha!
California Certifies Five Cedars' RAVBM
Posted on October 12, 2017
Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today that Five Cedars Group's Alternate Format Ballot V4.3, a remote accessible vote-by-mail process (RAVBM), has been approved for use in California. The Alternate Format Ballot (AFB) allows California's voters with disabilities to download and mark an accessible HTML ballot from their homes, using their own accessible PC's and iPads. The certification of the AFB marks another step toward implementing California’s "Voters Choice Act.” SB450 allows counties more flexibility to use vote by mail in conjunction with vote centers. The AFB process works within California’s existing absentee ballot system.
California's Future of Elections Conference (FOCE)
Posted on March 9, 2017
FOCE 2017 in Los Angelos did not disappoint. Great topics, motivating speakers: "Elections aren't revolutionary they are evolutionary" - Matt Masterson, EAC Commissioner. "Early voters are happy voters because they pick the time & place they vote" - Joe Gloria, Clark County Nevada Registrar. "Voter fraud is so rare because there are a lot of checks and balances in place" - David Becker. Also, great ideas like instituting a Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) to identify accessibility issues within a county.
Disability Rights Oregon's Video
Posted on October 11, 2016
Great video showing two Oregonians and how they go about voting privately and independently at home, thanks to our HTML ballots and vote by mail system. Watch Mary Lee Turner and Rachel Simpson demonstrate the Alternate Format Ballot. Video produced by Rooted in Rights on behalf of Disability Rights Oregon. Was a fun day of filming.
Accessible Ballots Ready for General Election
Posted on October 5, 2016
General Election accessible ballots (AFB) are ready for voters to download from the SOS registration site. 2,550 unique ballot styles were generated as HTML and large print PDF ballots. Besides the usual gaggle of screen readers, the HTML AFB's also support Dragon Naturally Speaking, voice-to-text software. Using simple voice commands is a cool way to navigate and mark a ballot.
New Third Party on May Primary Ballots
Posted on April 1, 2016
With the addition of the Independent Party to the Primary, Five Cedars produced over 7,600 unique ballot styles of Alternate Format Ballots. That's a new record in terms of the shear numbers. With the high interest in the Primary, the AFB will probably be used by a record number of voters with disabilites. Democracy works when everyone votes.
AFB Ballots Ready for November Special Election
Posted on October 1, 2015
Oregon's Alternate Format Ballots will be used by Oregon's voters with disabilites to vote independently and in priivate at home or at the county election offices. In addition, Oregon is using the AFB's to reach military and overseas voters who didn't receive their mailed ballots in time.
Besides support of JAWS, Voiceover, Narrator and ZoomText, we've added support for the screen readers NVDA and ChromeVox.
Five Cedars Provides Accessible Ballots for Oregon's May Special Election
Posted on April 10, 2015
FCG created 2,589 unique accessible ballot styles for Oregon's upcoming May 19th Special Election. Oregon's 36 counties uploaded their ballot data to Five Cedars secure FileShare site for processing into HTML and large print ballots (8" x14" or 11" x 17").
Now, let's everyone VOTE!
Multnomah County Video: HTML Ballot for Voters With Disabilities
Posted on June 25, 2014
Our friends at Multnomah County, OR have produced a short video to remind their voters with disabilities that they can use Oregon's Alternate Format Ballots (HTML and large print) to vote independently and in private.
Voters can either request a large print ballot be mailed to their home or download an HTML ballot using their own PC's, Mac's or tablets. Or, they can go to any county election office to use the systems there.
The video can be seen at http://bit.ly/MultCo_Assists_Disabled_Voters
Report Showing Turnout for Voters with Disabilities Suffers
Posted on May 20, 2014
Link to the NCSL's May Canvass Newsletter article on voters with disabilities and their low turnout: http://bit.ly/NCSL_Canvass
Research Shows Disabled Voters in Marin County Prefer Voting by Mail
Posted on March 20, 2014
A research study by Marin County, Calif.’s Registrar of Voters Elaine Ginnold concluded that disabled voters prefer a vote by mail option. http://bit.ly/OBoZZ2
To quote the study:
“What they found had nothing to do with the availability of accessible voting machines, and everything to do with the availability of a stamp and mailbox:
GW Micro Announces Global Window-Eyes Initiative for users of Microsoft Office
Posted on January 20, 2014
Window-Eyes announced a deal with Microsoft to give free copies to Microsoft Office users. Is this a game changer in the assistive software market?
Voting by Mail: Reasons to increase the use and reliability
Posted on December 27, 2013
Memo sent to the PCEA regarding the need to increase the use of Vote by Mail:
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